Sedation Dentistry

All of the amazing advances in dentistry can’t do a thing for you if you don’t go to the dentist. Your dentist realizes that there are a lot of legitimate reasons why millions people stay away from the dentist. It’s been estimated that almost half of the population has some kind of dental fear, from people who feel a little uncomfortable, to those who are so terrified they can’t set foot in a dental office. Whether it’s fear or something else that’s keeping you away, today’s dentistry gives your dentist many options for making you comfortable throughout your appointment. Anesthesia can eliminate pain for most people, but sometimes that’s not enough. Sedation dentistry uses medications to relax patients and the make the dental experience totally comfortable.   

Levels of sedation

Your dentist only wants to sedate you enough to make you relaxed, and let you have a comfortable experience. That’s why dentists rarely use general anesthesia, the highest level of sedation. General anesthesia is used for many medical procedures in a hospital when the goal is to have the patient completely unconscious. Dentists only use general anesthesia for patients with very special needs because they have a number of conscious sedation techniques that deliver excellent results for the vast majority of dental patients.

Your dentist can explain which of these options is appropriate for you:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide Sedation is a very effective way for your dentist to help you stay relaxed and comfortable during a dental procedure. It is a very light form of sedation, which works fast and wears off quickly. READ MORE…

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a wonderful option for patients who need more than just nitrous oxide, but don’t need or want IV Sedation or general anesthesia. It allows many people to be comfortably sedated through an entire dental visit using just a small pill. READ MORE…

IV Sedation

IV sedation is a technique used by specially trained dentists to keep patients comfortably sedated through an entire appointment. Unlike general anesthesia, which also is delivered intravenously, IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation where the patient is never completely asleep. READ MORE…

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